Gold for Charlotte and David at South Yorks XC Championships, Kiveton

Sunday 17 December 2017

Charlotte Ward ran a strong final lap to open up a winning lead and take the gold medal in on a bitterly cold day and over a testing and icy course. Hannah Fletcher ran well again to claim the bronze medal. Evie Brailsford was 6th and Rachel Poole 30th. Taylor Hammond (Barnsley) was first U20W and 13th overall. HHS won the team championship as well.

Mike Tanner (SRC) looked very strong in winning the SM race with Tom Horton holding on well to take 2nd and Sam Sommerville (UoS) 3rd and first U20M. Connor Milnes continued his return to fitness running well to finish 4th  and claim the bronze medal in the SM race. John Birch continued his good form finishing 9th with Craig Fishwick 23rd and Carl Egdell 27th.

David Lewis produced his best run of the winter to win the U17M race and take the gold medal.

Laura Trask continued her excellent winter season taking the silver medal in the U17W race. Saskia Huxham battled well over the final lap to clinch the bronze medal in 3rd.

Zena Hartley produced another very good run, finishing very strongly for 2nd in the U15G race and the individual silver medal. Zena also helped the team take the gold medal.

In the U15B race, Joe McDadd showed his continuing improvement to take the silver medal with a strong run and very fast finish. Dylan Stevens, the youngest in the field, ran well to finish 8th with Sam Tierney showing his improvement, close behind in 9th. HHS also won the team championship.

Tom Horton (SM) Charlotte Ward (SW), Laura Trask (U17W) and David Lewis (U17M) won the overall league competition. Hannah Fletcher (SW) was 2nd in the league.

Photos are available here.

New Course Record for Andy at Percy Pud 10k

Sunday 3 December 2017

Andy Heyes ran a solo effort to take 15 seconds of the old course record to win in 29:42.

Andy Challenger ran well to finish 3rd in 32:32 with Ben Beattie 7th in 33:36 and Gavin Keight 12th in 34:09.

Mike Sprot was 31st in 36:40 with Matt Payne 34th in 36:45 and Daniel Cook 258th in 48:46.

Calli Thakery was 2nd in the women’s race in 35:18, Zanthe Wray 3rd in 37:14 and Nicky Squires 6th in 37:41

The Dangers of Over Training

I have already made my views known about how young athletes need to develop carefully and gradually over many years in order to reach their potential as a senior athlete.

This week’s Athletics Weekly has an important and sobering article that all athletes and, particularly, the parents of junior athletes need to read. Bobby Clay was an outstanding junior athlete who was 4th in the World Youth 1500m, won the European Junior 1500m and was 7th in the World Junior 1500m.

She describes how over-training as a junior led to serious health problems in her early 20s.

Please read this Athletics Weekly article carefully.

My earlier comments of the development of young athletes and also the dangers of the Parkrun can be found here: Basic Principles and Parkrun.


British Athletics Cross Challenge and European Trials, Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 25 November 2017

Andy Heyes battled strongly over a very muddy  and strength-sapping course at Sefton Park to finish 11th in 31:07 in the SM race. Pete Hodges enjoyed the conditions more than most, finishing 172nd in 37:22 with Craig Fishwick 226th in 39:36.

Hannah Whitelam ran strongly in the SW race to finish 130th in 35:18.

In the U20M race, Cameron Bell worked hard to come home in 31st in 22:23.

Imani Wilson, representing the North, was 90th in 17:45.

David Lewis, recovering from illness, was 91st in 21:43 in the U17M race.


Jodie Wins English Schools XC Cup Final, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday 25 November 2017

Jodie Hill produced an outstanding performance to winch IG English Schools cross country cup final. Jodie held of the chasing group in a close finish to win in 10:21. Holly Booker and Tatti Wilson helped Tapton School to 19th overall, finishing 44th and 108th respectively.

Sheffield Schools Cross Country League 3, Bradfield

Saturday 18 November 2017

Jodie Hill won the IG race convincingly on a very testing course at Bradfield School. Holly Booker ran another very good race to take 2nd with May Quinn, who continues to get stronger with each each, in 5th.

Saskai Huxham showed good strength to go with her speed in winning the SG race.

Clinton Hoo made a rare appearance at cross country, finishing 3rd in the SB race.

Taylor Hill opened up a winning lead early in the IB race with Joe McDadd also looking very strong in 2nd place.

Zena Hartley did very well to win a tough JG race, coming through strongly on the final sections of the course. Emily Hunter was involved in a close race just behind, being edged out to 5th in a sprint for the line.

Dylan Stevens made light work of a very difficult course to win the JB race with a fine run.


South Yorkshire XC League 3, Penistone

Sunday 19 November 2017

Tom Horton looked very strong in winning the senior men’s race in 32:53 on a tough course at Penistone. Tom moved away from Mike Tanner (Sheffield RC) and Sam Sommerville (UoS) on the final lap to win by 30 seconds. John Birch ran very well to take 9th in 34:56 with Carl Edgell 28th in 38:22, Mat Payne 38th in 39:15, Mike Sprot 39th in 39:17 and Craig Fishwick 52nd in 40:36.

Lauren Stoddard, running as a guest, moved through the senior women’s field on the final lap to finish 2nd in 22:20 just edging out Zanthe Wray in 3rd in 22:22 and Hannah Fletcher 6th in 22:30. Charlotte Ward was 8th in 22:38 and Rachel Poole 41st in 26:59.

Laura Trask was a convincing winner of the U17W race in 15:11.

In the U15B race, Sam Tierney (SheffTriC) ran well to finish 14th in 14:51 just ahead of Tom Atkinson in 16th in 14:57 and Jonah Patton 18th in 15:00.

Ffion Patton continued her improvement, finishing 10th in 12:29 in a strong U13G race.

Photos available here.

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2, Milton Keynes

Saturday 11 November 2017

The course at Tear Drop Lakes for the second of the British Athletics Cross Challenge series was flat and fast with a few steep banks. In the leading group after a fast opening 1k, Cameron Bell did well to recover from a bad spiking on both legs and revive in the second half of the race to finish 15th in 19:19.

Photos available here.